I'm quite a novice when it comes to C++, and am part of the way through working out a program to identify the first 7 Mersenne Primes. I'm sure I have quite a few syntax errors as well as logic errors but I'm banging my head against the wall when it comes to the logic of the damn thing.

Any help is appreciated.:icon_mrgreen:

#include <iostream>

using namespace std;

bool isPrime (long n);
long power2 (long n);

int main()
{
    char q;
    long n;
        
    cout << "Mersenne Primes" << endl;
    cout << right << "n" << "\t\tMersenne Prime" << endl;
    cout << "==" << "\t\t==============" << endl << endl;
    for (n = 0; n < 1000000; n++) {
          cout << right << n;
          isPrime(n);
          if (isPrime(n) = true) {
                         cout << power2(n);
          }
    }
    cout << "Press q (or any other key) followed by 'Enter' to quit:" << endl;
    cin >> q;
    return 0;
}

bool isPrime (long n)
{
     //This calculates if a number's mod is greater than, or equal to half of the number.
     if (n != 0 && n != 1 && n != 2) {              //get rid of 0, 1, and 2
           if ((n / 2) > (n % 2)) {                 //get rid of numbers divisible by 2
                    if ((n / 3) > (n % 3)) {        //3
                          if ((n / 5) > (n % 5)) {  //5
                                if (n > (n % 7)) {  //& 7, calculated this way will take less time.
                                      return true;
                                }
                                else if ((n / 7) == (n % 7)) {
                                     return false;
                                }
                          }
                          else if ((n / 5) == (n % 5)) {
                               return false;
                          }
                    }
                    else if ((n / 3) == (n % 3)) {
                         return false;
                    }
           }
           else if ((n / 2) == (n % 2)) {
                return false;
           }
     }
     else if (n == 2 || n == 3 || n == 5 || n == 7) {
          return true;
     }
}

long power2 (long n)
{
     long num = 1;
     for (int temp = 0; temp <= n; temp++) {
         num *= 2;
     }
     return num;
}

isPrime checks for primes, power2 multiplies 2 by the power of the prime number.

I may be approaching this from the wrong perspective... :-/

Oh, there are constraints as well;
-isPrime and power2 must be used, as well as used for that purpose.
-must use integer arithmetic only, no pow()
-Due today at midnight. :confused:

Been banging my head against this for a while. I thought I'd come here for help.

Thanks in advance!

if ((n / 2) > (n % 2)) { //get rid of numbers divisible by 2

????

if ((n%2)=0) does it, why making it difficult when it isn't?

Well : let your number be 4 with your test you get (4/2)>(4%2) wich becomes 2>0.
(btw in your answer you say < but let us ignore that for the moment)
Now let our number be 5 and do the same (5/2)>(5%2) wich becomes 2>1.
Now tell me wich of those numbers 4 or 5 has a remainder when divided by 2?
I can!
I say 4%2=0 or 5%2=1 so 4 is divisible by 2 and 5 not.

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